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Cannabis History

Cannabis, also known as marijuana, pot, weed or moonashkwe in Ojibwe, has a long history of human use. It has primarily been used as a herbal medicine much like many of the traditional medicine in Indigenous cultures

Its’ roots date back to the asian continent around 500 BC. Its’ history in North America began with the early settlers with the use of hemp for textiles and rope. Hemp was widely-grown but had very low levels of cannabidinoids like THC. By the 1800’s cannabis extracts were beginning to be used by doctors for the treatment of stomach ailments. Recreational cannabis use can be traced back to Central Asia in early AD where hashish was used throughout the Middle East around 800 AD.

In North America the recreational use of cannabis did not come about until the early 1900’s. Introduced into North America by Mexican immigrants it soon became known as the “evil weed” and was outlawed in many U.S. states by 1931. The marijuana tax act of 1937 officially criminalized cannabis in the united states.

In Canada cannabis was outlawed by the federal government in 1923, a full fourteen years earlier than the U.S.. In 1969 the Ledain Commission was put together to examine whether there was “well-founded social concern” about the recreational use of cannabis. In 1972 the commission recommended decriminalization for personal-use possession and cultivation of cannabis, but the Government of Canada rejected it.

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By the late 1900’s Terrence Parker won a legal case against the Province of Ontario for the right to grow and use cannabis for the treatment of his epilepsy. After his landmark ruling the Government of Canada established the Canadian Medical Marijuana Access Regulations or MMAR that granted legal access to cannabis for Canadians for medical purposes. Under these new regulations, patients would need to get a prescription from their physician in order to grow and consume. Eventually by the 2013 Health Canada was assigned as the regulator for ensuring the quality and safe production and distribution of medical cannabis.

On June 19, 2018 the Cannabis Act was passed by the senate in the Federal Government making recreational cannabis legal on October 17, 2018. The rules and regulations governing recreational cannabis differ from Province to Province with respect to minimum age, consumption, advertising and distribution.


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Pipes are typically the most widely used form of consuming cannabis. They are typically small and portable and come in various shapes, sizes and colours. They require regular cleaning in order to maintain their functionality. They are usually made out of wood, glass or metal.

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Bongs are larger pipes that offer the consumer a more comfortable way of inhaling cannabis smoke. The Smoke is cooled through water prior to inhaling thus easing the harshness on the user’s throat and lungs. Bongs can vary widely in price depending on the quality, size, materials and artistry.


Vaping is becoming one of the popular forms of cannabis consumption. Vaporizers are used to inhale cannabis without combusting(lighting) it. It heats the cannabis just enough to vaporize the cannabinoids and terpenes to be released. It is a much more effective method of consumption then smoking as much of the cannabinoids do not get burned off before being consumed. It maximizes the effects and therefore lasts longer. Some vaporizers are for dried flower and some are for concentrates and there are some for dual use.

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Grinders are used to breakdown dried flower into smaller pieces for use in rolling or to be put in a pipe or vaporizer. Using a grinder allows for less handling so that the trichomes are maximized resulting in a stronger effect for the user.


These more sophisticated consumption methods are used at home with concentrates. They are commonly used for smoking wax or shatter which require more heat for the product to vaporize.

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Cannabinoids are the various elements of the cannabis plant that provide different forms of relief within the body. The cannabis cannabinoid system has the closest resemblance to the human endocannabinoid system than anything else. There are over 10,000 cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. Here are the top six.

THCA Tetrahydrocannabinol acid

Tetrahydrocannabinol Acid (THCA)

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THC Tetrahydrocannabinol

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)

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THC Tetrahydrocannabinol

Cannabidiolic Acid (CBDA)

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THC Tetrahydrocannabinol

Cannabidiol (CBD)

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CBN Cannabinol

Cannabinol (CBN)

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CBG Cannabigerol

Cannabigerol (CBG)

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